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Raleigh police charge man with murder

Posted August 11, 2011

— Raleigh police arrested a 49-year-old man and charged him with murder in connection with an acquaintance's death Wednesday.

Officers responded to a deceased person call around 6:15 p.m. and found the body of Ybo Francois, 50, behind Jumbo China Buffet at 1625 Ronald Drive. Police did not say how he died.

Detectives charged Stephen William Plato with murder in connection with Francois' death. The two men knew each other, according to police.

Plato was taken to the Wake County jail, and Francois' remains were taken to the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy. No other information was released.


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  • ProudBlackSingleMother Aug 12, 2011

    When I pull off the freeway and see some dude coming at me with a cardboard sign, I am gonna lock my doors cause those homeless are killers.

  • tmpoolejr Aug 11, 2011

    "Always amazed me that church groups and others are so willing to get close to these people.".....
    My family spends a few hours every Sunday with "these people". We might kick some ball, throw football, Frisbee, tell stories, have fun in general.
    "These People" have names, stories. A good amount have (college and high school) degrees. Most are trapped by addiction and/or mental issues. Many have lost or abandoned their traditional support system.
    We've built and maintained relationships with the homeless community for nearly two years, and have received MUCH more back than we give.

  • duwanna50 Aug 11, 2011

    The victim does look like the disabled man with the bicycle who hangs out downtown.

  • CharmedLife Aug 11, 2011

    This is a sad situation. Sometimes, they have mental issues at play and are not always aware of what they are doing. It's a shame that we try to help everyone else around the world but turn a blind eye onto what's happening in our own back yard.

  • scifion Aug 11, 2011

    >>"But...nascarguy is just pointing out that not everyone that you reach out a kind hand to, is someone that won't have a gun or knife in their back pocket."

    I prefer the Marine approach of professional courtesy, but not friendship when approaching such situations, and carrying my own weapon, because, as you illustrated so clearly, we don't know the motives of the people we try to help. No argument from me on the dangers of the helping path; I've been fortunate in my encounters with drunk and beligerant vagrants, and thankfully the only time I had a knife pulled on me, my voice was all I needed to resolve the situation.

  • mjlt3 Aug 11, 2011

    (wow) what a mess ! It's sad these days how you wanna help but is afraid to, so many of these people are homeless because of the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Maybe the power of prayer is what they NEED the MOST!

  • Evidence Is Everywhere Aug 11, 2011

    nascarguy- It was October of 2007 and it was Deborah Kornegay. She and another co-worker were working in the church when Tommy Holiday, whom Deborah was HELPING FIND SHELTER came into the church and stabbed her. She died. He stabbed her co-worker multiple times. I worked that day in the ER, I saw the pain and destruction he caused to two families. I have never forgotten it.

    scifion- your belief in reaching out a hand when everyone else is looking the other way is one of integrity and kindness. And there is nothing at all wrong with that belief. But...nascarguy is just pointing out that not everyone that you reach out a kind hand to, is someone that won't have a gun or knife in their back pocket.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Aug 11, 2011

    Interesting comments. If he was a beggar, wonder how they knew eachother. Was Francois someone who tried to help?

    Perhaps he was another beggar??

  • nascarguy Aug 11, 2011

    scifion - perhaps they could turn their lives around if shown the better side of humanity, it could also get you killed. There's a reason they're homeless without family support. I recall a dedicated church lady killed by a homeless guy she befriended. It was local but can't find the article.

    They can be dangerous and I doubt any law enforcement official would disagree.

  • kkirstenc Aug 11, 2011

    "As I understand it, Jesus certainly wasn't afraid to comfort and aid the poor and downtrodden. Perhaps reaching out to the homeless and showing them the better side of humanity will actually prevent violent crimes such as this." - scifion

    Thank you, Scifion, for the welcome breath of civility. It is sorely needed around here. It is a great idea not to pass harsh judgement on the homeless, especially given how many of us these days are about a paycheck (or less) away from being homeless ourselves.